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Course Design: Two-Shot Stars

Course Design: Two-Shot Stars

Two-shot holes – whether they are medium to long par-4s or short par-5s – make up the majority of holes we all play. Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton explains what separates the great from the good and reveals a host of Australia’s best. 17 Jul 2019
Presidents Cup: Tiger Woods Blog Vol.3

Presidents Cup: Tiger Woods Blog Vol.3

A lot has happened since I last wrote one of these. After a trip to Thailand to show Sam and Charlie where their grandma is from, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on the past couple of months and how our team is shaping up for the Presidents Cup. It’s hard to believe that in a little over a month the top 8 for each team will be locked in. 15 Jul 2019
Ernie’s Internationals’ core strength

Ernie’s Internationals’ core strength

With the core of his Internationals Presidents Cup team seemingly in place, Ernie Els is looking for lightning in a bottle. 11 Jul 2019
GA Express 340: Ernie's Core Strength

GA Express 340: Ernie's Core Strength

International Team Captain Ernie Els will be hoping his core players can lead the way and help him convince rookies such as Cameron Smith and Haotong Li that their team has what it takes to lift the Presidents Cup for the first time since 1998. 9 Jul 2019
Presidents Cup standings update: July

Presidents Cup standings update: July

With seven weeks remaining until the top-eight players on each team officially qualify for the 2019 Presidents Cup, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond has moved into position at No.8 in the International Team standings after a successful June highlighted by his win at the Kolon Korea Open. 4 Jul 2019
Course Design: Short Fours

Course Design: Short Fours

Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton dissects the qualities of what makes a great short par-4 and reveals some of the best in the game can be found here in Australia. 4 Jul 2019
Mickelson to lean on Woods for Cup start

Mickelson to lean on Woods for Cup start

Phil Mickelson has just six weeks left to qualify for the Presidents Cup in Australia and avoid relying on a captain's pick from skipper Tiger Woods. 3 Jul 2019
Presidents Cup standings update

Presidents Cup standings update

Gary Woodland is the newest member of the coveted top eight in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings after he held off two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka to win the U.S. Open by three strokes at Pebble Beach Golf Links for his fourth career PGA TOUR victory and first major title. The win vaulted Woodland from No.12 to No.7 in the standings as he looks to represent the United States in the Presidents Cup for the first time in his 11-year career on the PGA Tour. 19 Jun 2019
Course design: The joy of 3s

Course design: The joy of 3s

One-shot holes are golf’s great leveller, where professionals and high handicappers can find success. What are some of the greatest par-3s in the nation? Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton casts his eye across the best and what makes them better than others. 18 Jun 2019
MacKenzie’s Royal Melbourne

MacKenzie’s Royal Melbourne

Their feet were on hallowed ground, Augusta National Golf Club. But with prime vistas and sweeping views, they could easily close their eyes and be taken to Royal Melbourne on the other side of the globe. 1 May 2019
Tiger’s Blog: US team will be “one of the strongest”

Tiger’s Blog: US team will be “one of the strongest”

It’s been a while since my last blog entry and you could say that a lot of good things have since happened. Personally, I could not be happier after adding a fifth green jacket by winning the Masters Tournament. It was a pretty amazing final round with a lot of great players in contention and I’m fortunate that I finished on top. 30 Apr 2019
Presidents Cup tickets go on sale

Presidents Cup tickets go on sale

As golf fans look forward with anticipation to this week’s Masters, past champions at Augusta like Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods have a major opportunity to improve their chances to qualify for the 2019 Presidents Cup, which will bring golf’s biggest stars back to Melbourne this December. 10 Apr 2019
Jason Day an 'Australian icon': Ernie Els

Jason Day an 'Australian icon': Ernie Els

Ernie Els has encouraged "Australian icon" Jason Day to have another huge year on the PGA Tour and ensure a rock-star reception when he arrives at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne in December. 7 Mar 2019
Tiger names Presidents Cup assistants

Tiger names Presidents Cup assistants

Tiger Woods has bolstered his Melbourne-bound Presidents Cup support staff with major winners Zach Johnson and Fred Couples in a move Woods says will help his quest to become a rare playing captain. 13 Feb 2019
Appleby and Leonard named Junior Presidents Cup Captains

Appleby and Leonard named Junior Presidents Cup Captains

The PGA Tour and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) have announced Australia’s Stuart Appleby and the United States’ Justin Leonard as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively, for the 2019 Junior Presidents Cup. 10 Jan 2019
Els names Ogilvy as Presidents Cup Captain’s Assistant

Els names Ogilvy as Presidents Cup Captain’s Assistant

International Team Captain Ernie Els announced Victorian Geoff Ogilvy as his first captain’s assistant for the 2019 Presidents Cup, which returns to Royal Melbourne Golf Club from December 9-15, 2019. 25 Nov 2018
Clayton: Bunkers 101

Clayton: Bunkers 101

Believe it or not, bunkers are not scattered across a golf course simply to make your life a misery. The great designers used them to improve the strategy of their creations, but, as Mike Clayton points out here, not all bunkering is good and often it can be misplaced to make a hole more difficult. 26 Jul 2018
Presidents Cup: Tiger says Aussie crowds will help Els' team

Presidents Cup: Tiger says Aussie crowds will help Els' team

Presidents Cup captain-elect Tiger Woods is anticipating a hostile Australian crowd for his American charges at the 2019 event in Melbourne. 14 Mar 2018
Woods, Els to be Cup captains in Melbourne

Woods, Els to be Cup captains in Melbourne

The 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne has received a major boost with golf greats Tiger Woods and Ernie Els set to be unveiled as opposing team captains. 13 Mar 2018
My Favourite Courses: Matt Griffin

My Favourite Courses: Matt Griffin

The former Victorian Open champion stays loyal to his roots while including a pair of American ‘bucket list’ gems among his top-ten layouts. 28 Apr 2016
Ko can be the greatest ever

Ko can be the greatest ever

Teenager Lydia Ko cemented her World No.1 ranking with a great victory in the ISPA Handa Women’s Australian Open. 23 Feb 2015